PhD student to unlock mysteries of the brain May 14, 2013 A Murdoch University researcher is investigating how magnetic fields affect brain function in a bid to better understand how to treat depression and pain. PhD student Ivan Hong is studying the effects of Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PMF), a non-invasive technique used to stimulate the brain. “PMF uses changing magnetic fields generated by electrical pulses to stimulate a small current in the brain,” he said. “As it is a very new area of research, there have only been a few studies done on humans, but initial results indicate that PMF can help to treat depression and pain.” Due to his keen interest in neuroscience and outstanding academic record, Mr Hong was chosen as one of only 10 PhD students and two postdoctoral fellows from across Australia and New Zealand to attend the 2013 Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience. The prestigious course, held on Stradbroke Island from April 14 to May 4, has been referred to as ‘neuroscience in paradise’. It is run annually and attracts only high calibre students. Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Mr Hong’s research supervisor Dr Sarah Etherington said the intensive training course was carried out in state-of-the-art neuroscience laboratories. “It is a great credit to Ivan that he was selected to attend the course and to learn from internationally renowned neuroscientists,” she said. Mr Hong said his interest in neuroscience began when reading about the relationship between anaesthesia and consciousness. “The more I read the more I learned that what we know about the brain and how it functions is dwarfed by what we don't know,” he said. His plans for the future involve filling some of the gaps in our current knowledge of neuroscience. Print This Post Media contact: Kylie Howard Tel: | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Murdoch achievements, Research, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research, email, school of veterinary and biomedical sciences Tags: australian course in advanced neuroscience, brain study, depression, dr sarah etherington, ivan hong, neuroscience, pain, pmf, pulsed magnetic fields Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!